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May 23, 2013

Arizona jury resumes weighing death penalty in Arias murder case

PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona jury, weighing whether Jodi Arias should be sentenced to death or life in prison for the murder of an ex-boyfriend five years ago, resumed deliberations Thursday, a day after the panel said it was unable to reach a consensus on her fate.

Arias, a former waitress from California, was found guilty this month of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found in his Phoenix-area home in June 2008. He had been stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed and he had been shot in the face.

May 23, 2013

Jodi Arias jury remains deadlocked over death sentence

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Convicted killer Jodi Arias feels betrayed by an Arizona jury that found her guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend, according to an interview aired on Wednesday shortly before that same jury became deadlocked over whether to sentence her to death.

The jury, which has already ruled Arias eligible for the death penalty, told the presiding judge early on the second day of deliberations to decide Arias’ fate that it was unable to reach a unanimous sentencing verdict.

May 22, 2013

Jodi Arias asks Arizona jury to spare her death penalty

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Convicted killer Jodi Arias pleaded with an Arizona jury on Tuesday to spare her the death penalty for the sake of her family and sentence her instead to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend.

Arias, 32, was found guilty earlier this month in the murder of Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home in June 2008. He had been stabbed 27 times, had his throat slashed and been shot in the face.

May 21, 2013

Jodi Arias expected to address jury as it considers death penalty

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Convicted killer Jodi Arias is expected to address jurors on Tuesday as they weigh whether to sentence her to death or life in prison for brutally killing her ex-boyfriend in Arizona five years ago.

Arias, 32, was found guilty earlier this month in the premeditated murder of Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, had his throat slashed and been shot in the face.

May 21, 2013

Convicted U.S. killer Arias would join tiny death row group

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Jodi Arias, convicted of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, is expected on Tuesday to address a jury in Arizona tasked with deciding whether she should join the small group of women sitting on death row in the United States.

Arias, 32, was found guilty earlier this month of the murder of Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home in 2008. He had been stabbed 27 times, shot in the face and had his throat slashed.

May 20, 2013

Jodi Arias denied mistrial in death penalty hearing

PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona judge on Monday denied a defense attorney’s request for a mistrial in the death penalty phase of Jodi Arias’ capital murder trial, after a long-time friend declined to testify as a character witness, citing threats.

Arias, 32, was found guilty earlier this month of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home five years ago. He had been stabbed multiple times, had his throat slashed and been shot in the face.

May 16, 2013

Arias may get death sentence as Arizona murder trial ends

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Jodi Arias, declared eligible for the death penalty a week after she was convicted of murdering an ex-boyfriend in Arizona, was due back in court on Thursday for the final sentencing phase of her sensational trial.

A Maricopa County jury deliberated less than two hours on Wednesday, the start of the trial’s penalty phase, before ruling that Arias had acted with extreme cruelty in the 2008 fatal stabbing and shooting of Travis Alexander, a finding that qualified her for capital punishment.

May 16, 2013

Jodi Arias may get death sentence as Arizona murder trial concludes

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Jodi Arias, facing the death penalty for murdering an ex-boyfriend in Arizona, was due back in court on Thursday for the final phase of a four-month-long trial.

Arias was found guilty last week of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home five years ago. He had been stabbed 27 times, had his throat slashed and been shot in the face.

May 10, 2013

U.S. jury convicts four in Mexico cartel money laundering scam

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – A federal jury in Texas convicted the brother of two alleged leaders of Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel of setting up a racehorse enterprise to launder millions of dollars in illicit profits, authorities said on Thursday.

The jury found Jose Trevino Morales, 46, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said in a statement.

May 10, 2013

Jodi Arias death penalty proceedings postponed until May 15

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The death penalty phase in the trial of Jodi Arias, the California woman convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal slaying of an ex-boyfriend, has been postponed until May 15, court officials said on Thursday.

An Arizona jury on Wednesday found Arias guilty of murdering 30-year-old Travis Alexander, whose body was found in the shower of his Phoenix valley home in June 2008. He had been shot in the face, stabbed nearly 30 times, and his throat had been slashed.

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      "I cover immigration and southwest border issues for Reuters. I am based in Phoenix and have been in my current role since 2006. I previously covered northern Mexico and worked as a general news reporter in Central America."
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